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Treasure Hunter Wants To Find Bin Laden's Body With ROV

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the davey-jones'-money-locker dept.

The Almighty Buck 257

Kittenman writes "Slate is carrying some details of how eccentric treasure hunter Bill Warren is proposing looking for the body of Osama Bin Laden in the Arabian sea. He plans on using sonar, and a remotely operated submersible. If he finds the remains, he'll photograph them to confirm Bin Laden's death to the world. Warren says, 'There is still a $25 million reward that no one has collected, and the reward says dead or alive, well, if -- in fact -- he is dead, then I could collect the $25 million reward. Why not?'"

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Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titanic (5, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462754)

Good luck finding a target slightly smaller, that the fish have been chewing on.

Re:Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titani (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36462776)

That is if they in fact threw him into the ocean, maybe they just said that and have him somewhere else.

Re:Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titani (2)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462820)

They put him in the secret freezer next to Walt Disney and the real Mikhail Gorbachev.

Re:Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titani (2)

drolli (522659) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463066)

I prefer his head futurama-style in a cabinet.

Re:Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titani (1)

Svippy (876087) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463478)

Or in a cabinet meeting.

Re:Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titani (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463728)

"Gee,

I searched the whole ocean, down to the square centimetre.

But? Nothing!

Do you think they cooked the whole story up?"

Re:Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titani (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36463352)

He'll probably show up in a small boarding house in Minehead, Somerset.
"Planning a little excursion are we, Mr Nadel?"

Re:Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titani (2)

Obyron (615547) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463448)

Fish can't get to the body. It'd be in a regulation US Navy body bag specifically made for burials at sea, and loaded down with lead weights. It'd definitely be hard to find though.

Re:Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titani (2)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463510)

Assuming that he's successful in locating the body and is successful in verifying that it's the right body and manages to get the US government to pay up anyways, the likelihood is that this would still be a losing venture as he could very easily blow through $25m searching. Ships for that sort of operation are not cheap, and neither are the rest of the resources needed. And if the body isn't located quickly, chances are that it will just blend in to the bottom as flora start to grow over it.

At this point, I'd put the odds at being indistinguishable from zero. Even with the knowledge of where the ship was, one has no idea how far a body would drift as it sunk to the bottom of the ocean.

Re:Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titani (3, Insightful)

dunezone (899268) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463634)

Well, it only took them 75 years to find the Titanic.

No, the majority of the time was waiting for the technology to catch up so they could verify where it sank. They always knew the general location of where it was from the last coordinates sent from the Titanic as well as the rescue ships documenting where they picked up the passengers. The 75 year wait was waiting for correct technology to be developed so they could send something down 2 miles to say, "yep there it is".

Re:Well, it only took them 75 years to find Titani (1)

AngryNick (891056) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463806)

Good luck finding a target slightly smaller, that the fish have been chewing on.

HA! The fish can't get to him on land. A recent taxi driver I talked with assures me that he is still alive and well and playing CoD to keep his skilz up-to-date. He just wasn't sure where.

Just gonna take a picture? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36462778)

Recover that body! Think about it... Weekend at Osama's!

He's got a point, though futile (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462786)

'There is still a $25 million reward that no one has collected, and the reward says dead or alive, well, if -- in fact -- he is dead, then I could collect the $25 million reward. Why not?'

He's got a point there. But the sea is pretty big. Finding a single body there is much like catching one very specific fish. Not to mention that I'm sure there are lots of critters down there that love to eat dead bodies.

Re:He's got a point, though futile (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462840)

Sure, if you ignore the fact that the reward is no loger on offer.

Re:He's got a point, though futile (2)

uncanny (954868) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463134)

i bet that if he manages to get pictures of BinLaden i'm sure he'll make quite a bit of money from the tabloids alone anyways.

Re:He's got a point, though futile (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36464230)

If he's able to find a single body in the Indian Ocean, it's $25M well-spent. Cheap, even.

And $25M will be a drop in the bucket when he starts selling his technology to navies and oil production companies.

Shouldn't he be looking elsewhere? (0, Troll)

Skarecrow77 (1714214) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462798)

Like a cell deep in Guantanamo or the like?

I'm just saying what everybody else is thinking...

Re:Shouldn't he be looking elsewhere? (1, Insightful)

creat3d (1489345) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462992)

Like a cell deep in Guantanamo or the like?

I'm just saying what everybody else is thinking...

No you're not. What I'm thinking is... he either A) died years ago, yet the US kept parading those videos because they needed that big villain image to justify [insert every national "security" policy since 9/11] or B) he's nowhere near the bottom of that ocean, dead or alive. But hey, go ahead and try it, I'm sure that 25 million reward is still on offer!

Re:Shouldn't he be looking elsewhere? (2)

Gadget_Guy (627405) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463680)

Seriously, how do you choose which hare-brained conspiracy theory you want to believe in? Since there is absolutely no evidence that he was killed years ago, is in a Guantanamo cell or is back at his office at he CIA, then how can you say that one theory is wrong and another right.

And why is any of those bizarre ideas more plausible than the official line. The idea that he died years ago requires both the co-operation of Al-Qaeda and President Bush to agree to defer the glory to his successor. Yeah, right.

Re:Shouldn't he be looking elsewhere? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463726)

If he died years ago, they wouldn't have 'staged' his death in Pakistan.

Pakistan and US relation are really important for strategic reasons.

A cane in Afghanistan would make much more sense. It's what people expected, it's easier to do, and it could have been used for even greater political gain.

Of course, the whole idea makes no real sense.

1) The previous administration would have staged as an aid for the political campaign.
2) The shear number of people involved in keeping it quite.
3) The fact that if the pubs did it, the dems would of destroyed all the current pubs gain by exposing it.
4) IF he is still alive, all he would need to do is show his face and the US would be in a shit of trouble. Something he loved to do.

5) He is dead and at the bottom of the sea, being consumed by the locals.

I wonder if he will show up in a spongebob episode~

Shoddy reporting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36462800)

So the article begins by saying that the treasurehunter will not find the body because sonar doesn't reflect well off of a body... This is true, however if the US military is to be trusted, the lead weights inside the bag will be more than 'visible' on a sonar display. Further, the body was in a bag that is probably air-tight... so decomp will likely be pretty early.
Personally I think that it is still a futile attempt, in order to take pictures, Bill will have to essentially bring the body to the surface in order to do the tests he is planning.

Wow (2)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462826)

And you thought someone keeping $500,000 in bitcoins on their windows machine was an idiot...

Re:Wow (2)

Phreakiture (547094) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463530)

This guy isn't an idiot. He is someone with an expensive hobby who has found a way to get someone else to pay for it. Regardless what you think of the project, that's pretty shrewd.

Too late to be useful (1)

Millennium (2451) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462846)

IIRC, don't bodies buried at sea decay very quickly? At this point he may be able to find the shroud and weights, but the body itself must be past the point of recognizability by now, if there's anything left of it at all.

Re:Too late to be useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36462898)

k csi

Re:Too late to be useful (1)

Millennium (2451) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463078)

I'm just saying that he won't ever be able to prove that the body he found was bin Laden's, and thus will never be able to collect the reward. He won't be able to pacify the deathers either.

Note that I am not a conspiracy theorist. I believe that bin Laden was in fact killed and buried at sea, either just as the US government claims or close enough to it as makes no real difference. But lots of people get buried at sea, and bin Laden cannot possibly be the only person to have been buried at around that time and place. All it takes to keep him from getting the reward is a simple claim that he's pulled somebody else's body, and he will have no way to refute that.

Air France flight (3, Informative)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463254)

They were able to find, recover and identify roughly 70 bodies 2 years after the plane went down. So, it would be possible if he found it fairly quickly. However, I think this guy is an idiot and nothing more than a publicity seeker. Of course the $25million reward no longer stands. The government found him and killed him. And they know where the body was dumped as well. Those coordinates are just highly classified. You can't find what isn't lost or missing.

Re:Air France flight (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463552)

Yes, they found 70 bodies, but they first found the plane, then noticed that there were still bodies in it. On top of that, we don't know that bin Laden's body is as deep in the ocean as that plane was, and at any rate locating the bag is going to be nigh impossible.

Re:Air France flight (2)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464326)

The northern Arabian Sea, where the US Navy said it dumped bin Laden, can be up to 3,300 meters deep

Re:Air France flight (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464070)

Did they really identify the bodies, or did 70 Thai corpses with fake ids get loaded into a second hand plane?

Re:Air France flight (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36464358)

Yea, I find stuff that isn't lost or missing all the time. Look I just found my keyboard, where's my parade damnit!

Re:Too late to be useful (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463328)

Not if they are deep enough. The water is pretty cold down there. Look up the state of the bodies for Air France 447 after 2 years in the water...

Re:Too late to be useful (1)

rednip (186217) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463930)

It took them two years of active well funded searching to find the big aluminum container which marked the location of those bodies. Perhaps Bin Laden is too deep to be crab food (as I kinda like to think that he is), but I really doubt if they'll find him by himself on the seabed.

Re:Too late to be useful (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464464)

Oh I doubt it too - I was merely addressing the decomposition aspect of the argument. But I guess technology marches on, and like another poster said, I'm sure some sort of weights were attached to his body (apart from the lead/brass it already contained) to prevent him washing up on a beach somewhere.

Re:Too late to be useful (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464480)

Actually considering what I just wrote, his washing up on a beach would be his last act of terrorism, no? :)

Good freaking luck... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36462848)

It's a big place with lots of hungry critters. Maybe they left you something.

Reward? (1)

Adkins1984 (1845316) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462850)

I thought they removed the bounty on his head once the Seals got him? I am not 100% sure this guy is working with a full deck of cards...

U.S. Government Already Said NO BOUNTY FOR YOU (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463020)

bounty was not to be paid, since no single tip given. But that era of the bounty is over anyway, once U.S. government knew where he was and acted on it. That's as silly as if Osama had been put in gitmo and this treasure hunter walked up to the fence and said "he he is! where's my money??" What a moron.

http://www.nodeju.com/9119/osama-bounty-not-paid-out.html [nodeju.com]

Why not? (5, Insightful)

b0bby (201198) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462852)

'There is still a $25 million reward that no one has collected, and the reward says dead or alive, well, if -- in fact -- he is dead, then I could collect the $25 million reward. Why not?'

"Why not?" is that the reward is given at the discretion of the US government, and they're not going to give it to you.

Re:Why not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36463484)

Not to mention that he was ALREADY captured and killed by seal team 6.

Who, by the way, being agents of the US government, are ineligible to collect. Their "reward" is already included in their military pay.

Re:Why not? (1)

Wyatt Earp (1029) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464434)

Their "reward" is the fact that they are now the top superheroes in a community of superheroes. That and you know everyone involved in that operation now has a "if you need anything, call me" card from every General and Admiral in the Pentagon with three or four stars.

I'm sure there are Navy Crosses for the SEALs and Distinguished Service Crosses for the Army aviators going around.

Re:Why not? (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463580)

If you offered a reward for someone to find your wallet. And then you found your wallet. Would you pay the reward to someone who later picked it out of your trash?

Scuba bin Laden (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36462860)

"if - in fact - he is dead"... yes, yes, maybe we will find him alive and well at the bottom of the sea.

Re:Scuba bin Laden (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463116)

well, he better not be feeding any haram sea creatures down there with his body

Re:Scuba bin Laden (1)

ginbot462 (626023) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463212)

Ah, so 72 virgin fish (not mermaids you Ariel pervs). Man, you got to read those contracts and close up the loopholes. At least people that deal with devils and demons know that!

Re:Scuba bin Laden (1)

cyberchondriac (456626) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463370)

Yes, living in a pineapple no less!

I have to wonder, did this loon consider the consequences if he does disturb OBL's "grave"? I'm pretty sure there's a lot of muslims who wouldn't like kindly on that, avoidance of such being of the reasons the US claimed to have buried him that way in the first place. He'll wind up with a Fatwa on his ass so fast it'll make his head spin.

Re:Scuba bin Laden (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36464006)

Then he should paint Muhammad deep throating a dog on the side, Fuck extremists.

Re:Scuba bin Laden (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464414)

I thought the Muslims were already pissed that he was dumped at sea and not given a proper Islamic burial (which, to my knowledge, burial at sea is not eligible for).

He could probably make a killing handing the body over to some interested group of Muslims who'd want to rebury him with his head pointed towards Mecca.

Can he find Jimmy Hoffa? (1)

bkmoore (1910118) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462974)

If this guy does find a body at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, maybe he can find Jimmy Hoffa's remains too.

Kind of reminds me of this guy (3, Informative)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#36462990)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Gritz [wikipedia.org] Back in the 80s, US special forces were going to rescue POWs that were still being held in Vietnam. They tried twice, and both times as soon as they were getting close to launching the raids, Bo Gritz popped up, did a little boasting and ego stroking, and got the missions cancelled. This guy is directly responsible for the deaths of those prisoners. Anyway, whenever I see Slate stroking his own ego, I can't help but think of Gritz. At least Slate isn't getting anyone killed though.

Re:Kind of reminds me of this guy (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463518)

And sorry, when I say Slate, I of course mean Warren. Fail on my part

Re:Kind of reminds me of this guy (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463558)

sigh.
There where no POW in Vietnam in the 80s, and the "inside delta force" book is full of shit.

Both Gritz and Haney are opportunists.

Re:Kind of reminds me of this guy (1)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463604)

There where no POW in Vietnam in the 80s,

Technically, you are right. They were being held in Laos.

not this again (1)

waddgodd (34934) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463004)

If ever in my life I rooted for the Somali Pirates to take a ship, it'd be this guy's. I'm not saying that stupidity should be a capital offense, but if it becomes one via external influences, I'll LMAO.

Was he in a hard coffin, or just wrapped? (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463006)

People are speculating at the body being eaten by creatures of the sea, but I don't recall hearing if he was buried at sea in a coffin or not. That would change the search parameters fairly significantly.

Re:Was he in a hard coffin, or just wrapped? (1)

Jason Levine (196982) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463274)

From what I heard, he was wrapped in a shroud tied to weights (to keep the body from floating). Given currents and organisms determined to get a meal from a sinking corpse, I doubt that shroud protected the body for long. As someone else said, you might be able to find the shroud and weights but the body'll be beyond recognizable by now.

Of course, even if we somehow assume that every creature found Bin Laden's corpse so detestable that they left it alone, you're talking about a sea with a surface area of 1,491,130 square miles with depths of over 15,000 feet (Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabian_sea ). That's a LOT of volume to search to find one body, even the body of someone who was 6 1/2 feet tall. The phrase "needle in a haystack" comes to mind, but I don't think it does it justice. It'd probably be easier to find the needle than Bin Laden's corpse.

Re:Was he in a hard coffin, or just wrapped? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36463496)

That's a LOT of volume to search to find one body, even the body of someone who was 6 1/2 feet tall. The phrase "needle in a haystack" comes to mind, but I don't think it does it justice. It'd probably be easier to find the needle than Bin Laden's corpse.

The body will be at the bottom.

It's come full circle... (1, Interesting)

bmo (77928) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463060)

We've had the birthers.

And now we have the deathers.

I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist, but there has to be a pathology in the DSM IV for this.

--
BMO

Re:It's come full circle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36463706)

There are buckets of pathology in this whole affair.

I believe the president was born in the good old USA and bully on the administration for killing the dude, but the burial at sea stuff would turn me into a conspiracy theorist. Putting him on ice and sending him on a US tour would have been a better plan than the burial with the initial story that they were honoring muslim law.

We should at least get some pictures.

Barbarism (1)

GodInHell (258915) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464130)

Except.. you know... that's not what the U.S. Government does.

It's one thing when our reporters or paparazzi run and get a picture of a cooling corpse. The U.S. Government (usually) stays out of the buisness of putting heads on pikes so everyone can see the body. I get really creeped out every time someone suggests this. Ignoring the anger it would stoke, the loss of the moral high-ground we require to win the long war, we're talking about putting a dead dude on display so folks can exhault in the holes we put through it.

Dude's dead. He belongs in the dustbin of history, not center aisle at madison square garden.

-GiH

Re:It's come full circle... (2)

kilfarsnar (561956) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463824)

I think it's called "the government lies to us all the time, so now we don't know what's true and what's not". I'll call up the APA and see if we can get it into the next revision.

Re:It's come full circle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36464078)

And we have two-syllable political buzzwords coined and propagated by the media to simplify and polarize complex issues to keep us divided, stupid, and focused on the meaningless.

Maybe there's an entry in the DSM IV for that.

Re:It's come full circle... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36464180)

My dad told me he was there shooting his documentary, right at the time Bin Laden house got raided, in the same street, and saw it with his own eyes. He has physical video material and plane tickets etc. to prove it. He even got raided by the government for talking to an ex-agent about it, who was under surveillance.
The US government, who did [1], tells me something different. They got nothing to back it up.
And the conspiracy theorists, who have mental problems [2], tell me something else. They also got nothing.

I haven't seen any of it with my own eyes. (And even those can be deceived.)
So all I can do, is calculate the best hypothesis from how trustworthy things are, and accept that I will probably never know what really happened. (This is what differentiates it from blind belief. I know it's just a theory.)
And who of those above do you think I will trust most?

The "pathology" is called delusional belief and blind trust. Not differentiating between own observations and what somebody just told you he observed. Somebody who is notorious at lying, on top of that.

Birthers & Co. trust the conspiracy theorists blindly. Because it's what they wish were true.
You trust the government blindly. Because you wish that was true.
You both know nothing. Even worse: You actively avoid knowing reality.
You both are idiots because of it.

___
[1] http://www.zpub.com/un/chomsky.html [zpub.com]
[2] I researched the psychology behind this. Yes, you can call it that. But that only means those people need someone to help them, accept the real world again. Similar to religious schizophrenia.

Modest proposal (1)

return 42 (459012) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463084)

Or, wow, how about the US military takes his photos next to something that could only be recent, to prove that he was dead and when he died *before* dumping him in the ocean. DUH.

Re:Modest proposal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36463600)

I know, they should have taken pix of Benny Ladins dead head next to a laptop displaying an irrelevant /. post like this one. It would make this place famous.

And for good measure, the captcha on this post was "Osmosis" ( bet they buried him in a semipermeable plastic body bag )

Re:Modest proposal (1)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463638)

Or, wow, how about the US military takes his photos next to something that could only be recent, to prove that he was dead and when he died *before* dumping him in the ocean. DUH.

Short answer: those photos would simply be claimed to be Photoshopped.

Longer answer:
The problem is there is no such thing as sufficient proof for someone who refuses to accept any evidence that contradicts their belief. No matter what the government does, it will be accused by a small number of people of lying and fabricating evidence.

Within the US government and the military specifically you don't need to satisfy the impossible demand for proof that characterizes conspiracy theorists. If a team of highly decorated SEALs who devoted their lives to serving the nation confirm the report, it's the truth. While that doesn't make for a great Hollywood flick, neither does most of real life. Random crazies who have done nothing to deserve our trust are unworthy of such credibility and are not worth the hassle.

Re:Modest proposal (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36463760)

The problem is there is no such thing as sufficient proof for someone who refuses to accept any evidence that contradicts their belief. No matter what the government does, it will be accused by a small number of people of lying and fabricating evidence.

Fair enough but the corollary is not "Therefore, no proof will be offered or should be demanded for anything." To date, has the U.S. government actually offered any proof at all regarding the getting of Bin Laden other than its own assurances?

Re:Modest proposal (1)

return 42 (459012) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463872)

Precisely. Of course there are crazy people who will accept no possible combination of evidence. And then there are many more reasonable people who would like to see some evidence. Beyond just the say-so of a group of government employees, highly decorated SEALs or otherwise. "Why aren't there any photos" is a perfectly reasonable question.

Re:Modest proposal (1)

MikeBabcock (65886) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463802)

First and foremost: I don't believe there's any conspiracy here. I believe OBL is dead at the bottom of the ocean.

That said, your point about highly decorated SEALs only stands up if no superior tells them to lie. Veteran fighters I know would have no problem lying about an event because a superior told them it was the right thing to do.

Unfortunately, that leaves the "you can't ever prove it" issue for conspiracy nuts, I know, but I'm not gullible enough to believe every good soldier is also morally responsible enough to tell the truth all the time.

Reward?!? (1)

Aeros (668253) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463110)

well, if -- in fact -- he is dead, then I could collect the $25 million reward. Why not?'

Well that's nice and all but if you look at the FBI site the reward is no longed there for him.

And just how do you know they havent paid out (1)

h2okies (1203490) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463168)

to anonymous people a hefty reward for information....or they will NEVER pay out as they managed to find him without the public's help... I see this more as a self serving promotion by someone about to go belly up and needing the publicity to score someones funding.

Chester Copperpot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36463208)

The reclusive treasure hunter claims, "I have the key to one eyed Laden!"

An Effort in Vain (1)

DaMattster (977781) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463292)

I am willing to bet that Osama Bin Laden is fish food by now. This treasure hunter is either supid or crazy, perhaps maybe both. With the amount of sea life the ocean sustains, bits of Osama Bin Laden have nourished many species of fish and perhaps some bottom dwellers.

Re:An Effort in Vain (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463460)

treasure hunter are always looking for investors. This is probably a stunt to attract investors.

Re:An Effort in Vain (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36464428)

$500 a day to look for him ? Sign me up !

Use the long range sensors... (1)

master_p (608214) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463364)

...for scanning human life signs.

Well, that is, if you have 24th century technology :-).

Interview of Bill Warren being owned (4, Informative)

Cobalt Jacket (611660) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463372)

Here is an interview with Bill Warren on The Roe & Roeper radio show on Chicago's WLS-AM station. http://www.wlsam.com/article.asp?id=2213142&spid=37724 [wlsam.com] If you want to skip past the B.S., just listen to to the last four minutes where a professional salvage operator completely shows him up.

Re:Interview of Bill Warren being owned (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36463892)

He claims the sonar is full color, so he just has to look for the white sheet. He also claims he's found a beer can at 1200 feet, so finding small things at depth isn't an issue.

I call BS!

Re:Interview of Bill Warren being owned (1)

toxonix (1793960) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464002)

"I hope I don't get my ass shot off, but yes, that's the plan" Have you done this before? "Oh yeah, ah 35 years I've looked for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I've written 2 books about it!" bullshit muncher. "I've got some Navy friends who are down there trying to get these guys drunk and give up the location." ... "I have Muslim friends out here that own gas stations and convenience stores .. " ... Jack-hole. Mauritius is not a 3rd world country. And of course they won't let you grab diamonds from a shipwreck.

No (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463446)

You won't get the money. The reward is for turning him in, and that was already done, this is just the disposal.

You can't go to some graveyard, dig up a guy who was wanted dead or alive and collect the reward if he had already been turned in once.

This will be a huge mess. Quite frankly, I understand why they killed him and buried him as sea. I don't know if I agree with it.

BUT, finding him will turn into a nightmare. Al quida will want to use the image as a martyr, People will wan to bury him else where and create a shrine, and who knows if this violated Muslim doctrine. Normally I could care less about that last issue, but the practicality of the matter is that this could be an excuse for more attacks.

A note for Mr. Warren (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36463598)

A quick note for Mr. Warren: "air pressure" and "nitrogen narcosis" are actually a libral plot to keep Real Americans from finding Osama. All you really need is a snorkel and faith in Jeebus to dive to the bottom of the ocean...

Sorry Charly! (1)

Paracelcus (151056) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463630)

Ain't no body to find, the whole thing in a charade to make Obama look good, just go through the whole thing, logically, scientifically!

And I imagine the reason GWB didn't show up for the little by-by Bin Ladin show at ground 0 was that he was pissed at Obama for taking credit for somthing that happened on his watch.

Re:Sorry Charly! (3, Insightful)

jjohnson (62583) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464432)

Logic tells us that there's no way that the U.S. government would announce bin Laden's death without being 100% sure that he was dead, because it would be too easy for bin Laden to release a video reading the headlines from today's newspaper.

Maybe they know he died a year ago from kidney failure and the U.S. government wants to take credit, but you can bet that bin Laden is dead right now.

What a tool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36463852)

...the reward says dead or alive, well, if -- in fact -- he is dead, then I could collect the $25 million reward. Why not?

So let me get this straight. This schmuck thinks that if he finds the body and returns it he should be entitled to collect on a reward for a person who was already found?
Okaaay there smart guy.

the reward (2)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 2 years ago | (#36463976)

Should be given as college scholarships for the kids of Seal Team 6 as well as a nice cunk of tax free cash to each of the members. IT's the right thing to do.

other US mavericks sought Bin Laden (1)

peter303 (12292) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464104)

The combination of playing a real-life Rambo and $25M reward tempted others like this Colorado man. [foxnews.com] The State Department rescued him after he was arrested.

Maybe they'll find Jimmy Hoffa, Santa Clause... (1)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 2 years ago | (#36464256)

...elves, the loch ness monster, the holy grail too, Zeus, the starship "Enterprise" and my youthful enthusiasm too.

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